Yes and no. Infrared converted cameras are only sensitive to near infrared light in the 700nm-1200nm range. To detect thermal infrared of something like a person or a house, you need special equipment that records in the 5000nm-14000nm range. HOWEVER, just like iron will glow when hot enough, hot objects in the range of 250°C to 500°C sometimes emit a near infrared glow that can be observed with these cameras. More details can be found here
No, once converted to infrared the replacement filter will block visible light. Adding a hotmirror filter will not restore visible light sensitivity. However, converting to full spectrum will make the camera sensitive to visible and infrared light, allowing for both types of photography when using the appropriate external filter.
Yes, after an infrared conversion, both still and video shooting will record in infrared.
You can find all of our supported cameras here
We have a page about the benefits of various camera systems here, for help deciding on a specific camera feel free to contact us, we are happy to help you find the right product.
If your camera isn't one of our 500+ supported models, we will still convert it if it's possible, and for half price! See our camera evaluation service here. For DSLRs, contact us.
Absolutely! For conversions there is an extra shipping charge, contact us and we can quote you a total.
Our checkout system is through Paypal. You can checkout with a Paypal account, or checkout as a guest and pay with any credit card. We also take check or money order.
Our turnaround time is usually less than 5 business days after receiving the camera. If your order is time sensitive, please let us know ahead of time.
Some cameras have the hot mirror fused to the sensor, preventing it from being removed. Other models use only a coating instead of a seperate filter that cannot be removed. Notable examples are the Fujifilm S1 and S2.
It depends on the repair. If paired with a conversion, we will perform basic repairs at cost. Email us about your specific needs.
We use replacement filters with specific thicknesses designed to match the refractive index of the original filter as closely as possible, then we fine tune the autofocus to a 50mm f1.8 lens for Nikon, Canon, and Fujifilm conversions, and a 18-70mm lens for Sony and Minolta conversions. Mirrorless cameras are calibrated to autofocus accurately for all lenses.
Yes! We will calibrate the autofocus to a custom lens, free of charge.
We perform all of our conversions in a dust free ISO Class 5 clean air bench to eliminate as much airborne dust as possible. To make sure the filter we install does not have dust, we also employ a rigorous cleaning and inspection process, where the glass and sensor are inspected under a high magnification microscope before being installed, and again testing for dust once the filter is sealed with normal test shots, allowing us to come as close as possible to a dust free conversion.
Unlike some, we use high quality custom manufactured glass filters for all of our conversions. Plastic or acrylic/plexiglass filters do not have the same optical quality as glass, are scratched easier, and may be damaged by cleaning.
You can use both the full spectrum and infrared conversions to see/take pictures in the dark, as long as you have an infrared light source. The full spectrum option will have greater overall low light sensitivity than a stock camera because it has about twice as much light that it is now sensitive to.
You will need to set and use a custom white balance. See your camera manual for how to do this with your model.
With point and shoot cameras and cameras with live view, you can view a direct preview in infrared on the LCD. With a DSLR, the lens remains free of opaque filters, allowing you to compose through the viewfinder like normal.
No, the firmware is unaffected during a conversion. You can safely reset or update the firmware like with a stock camera.
Absolutely not. We don't epoxy/superglue the parts back on, we don't leave out screws, we don't damage the internals and make it impossible to work with any more, we don't sand off parts, we don't use plastic filters. We perform a professional conversion, with everything reassembled properly. The camera can still be opened if there is ever a need for it.
We are happy to special order any camera, convert it, and ship it right to you. See details under Products or email us for a quote. You can also have cameras shipped directly to us for conversion if you are ordering them online.